SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The Friends of the South Plainfield Library will sponsor a special Dr. Seuss-themed story time and Read Across America event on Saturday, March 4. Stop by the library, beginning at 10 a.m., to celebrate the importance of reading and the birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel with guest readers, appearances by some beloved characters, and, of course, birthday cake.

The day’s events will include a number of special guest readers, including ‘The Cat in the Hat,’ and appearances by ‘The Lorax’ as well as both ‘Thing 1’ and ‘Thing 2.’ Attendees will also have the opportunity to sing happy birthday to Dr. Seuss and eat some birthday cake. There will also be free balloons and goodie bags.

“I am thrilled to be partnering with the Friends of the Library to present this annual event to the community and to celebrate both Dr. Seuss and the importance of reading,” said South Plainfield Library Director Linda Hansen. “I encourage patrons of all ages to come.”

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Sponsored by the National Education Association (NEA), Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss. NEA's Read Across America is also geared toward providing adults and children the resources they need to read 365 days a year.

Theodor ‘Dr. Seuss’ Geisel was born in Springfield, MA on March 2, 1904 and passed away Sept. 24, 1991 at age 87. He published his first cartoon under the pseudonym “Seuss”in 1925 and his first children’s book, “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street,” in 1937. He was the author of “Horton Hears a Woo,” “The Cat in the Hat,” “How the Grinch Stole Christmas, “Green Eggs and Ham,” “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” “The Lorax,” and dozens of others. His last book, “Oh the Places You’ll Go,” was published in 1990.

"Dr. Seuss’ stories captivate children and take them on an adventure with fun and silly characters. His books take a break from real life and allow young readers to enter a fun fantasy world,” said Suzanne Martin, a part-time library assistant in South Plainfield. “Dr. Seuss encourages children of all ages to laugh, be challenged and entertained which is what we want for all our young readers today.”

For more information on the March 4 Read Across America/Dr. Seuss celebration at the South Plainfield Public Library, visit http://www.southplainfield.lib.nj.us or call (908) 754-7885.

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